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>> it's time for secretary shinseki to step down. >> the pressure is mount be for eric shinseki to resign. today he presents his own audit of hospital problems to president obama. >> the clippers with a $2 billion offer, what could push the sale through. >> a growing number of baby boomers moving in with their aging parents. what's driving the large effort
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generation of americans to head home. >> heading into a hurricane. drones are being used to learn more about the storms and develop new ways to improve early warnings for people in their path. >> we begin with calls for eric shinseki, the secretary of veterans affairs to resign. good morning, i'm del walters. >> i'm stephanie sy. the report confirmed phoenix area veterans had to wait months and workers tried to cover up the delays. >> several hundred veterans didn't make it on to the waiting list. today the secretary is expected to deliver the results of his own internal audit to president obama and expected to speak before a group of homeless veterans. we are in washington. >> republican house speaker john boehner and harry reid are in agreement that they should not at this point call for secretary shinseki's resignation, but that is not the dominant theme on capitol hill this morning.
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>> as the calls for v.a. secretary shinseki to resign, so do his efforts to keep his job. the secretary met with lawmakers and 23 different veteran groups, his mission to assure them he can fix the problems at the v.a. he managed to win over the american legion, which had asked him to quit. >> the v.a. is really taking these issues very serious. >> he has a tougher fight on capitol hill where 100 members of congress, including democrats, many running for reelection in november want him gone. as poor president obama and whether he still has confidence in the secretary, a wait and see approach. >> we are focused on getting to the root of the problem, and determining the full scope of the problem. >> the growing calls for his resignation come in the wake of a v.a. inspectors report sparked
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by allegations that as many as 40 veterans died while waiting for appointments. the review confirmed an average wait time of 115 days for vets seeking a first appointment. it also found 1700 veterans were not registers properly, which left them at risk of being forgotten or lost. in addition to the phoenix facility, the probe includes 42 v.a. medical centers across the country, highlighting a systemic problem. the calls for change may be beyond secretary shinseki. >> leadership is important at the top, but there is a bureaucracy that doesn't care who leads. >> this morning, secretary shinseki is scheduled to address the national council of homeless veterans. that's an issue he can point to progress, but it is the failure of the v.a. medical system that could cost him his job. the last word from the white house is that the president is awaiting his interim report.
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>> we're going to hear from veterans increasingly frustrated with the v.a. system and talk about the widening scandal with the head of a national veterans group. >> overhauling a child welfare agency after thousands of reports of abuse were ignored. the governor will sign a bill transforming the new agency, allocates $60 in funding to improve the system. the new department of child safety will protect the old child protective services in an effort to reduce a backlog of 15,000 cases, the law also calls for increased transparency and accountability. >> please in santa barbara released new information about last week's mass murder, they say officers who visited elliot roger three weeks before he went on a killing spree were aware that he posted videos on you tube. they admit they did not watch them. they did not know about the final video detailing what he called a day of retribution or
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his rambling 140 page manifesto until after the deadly rampage was over. he killed six people before taking his own life. lawyers for another mass murder suspect james holmes want the media and public barred from jury selection. he is accused of killing 12 and wounding 70 in the 2012 attack at a movie cheater in aurora, colorado. prosecutors agreed that individual questioning of jury members should be closed but want the seating of the jury and the process open to the public. there is no word when the judge will rule on the request. jury selection is schedule would to begin in october. >> ban ki-moon is calling to hold perpetrators accountable and calling for international forces to support the efforts. we have more on the latest flare up between christians and
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muslims. >> an act of revenge on the streets, young men tear apart a mosque in the streel african republic. the previous day, another part of the city, a christian church is attacked. church leaders say men threw grenades. 11 people were killed, one a priest. >> we've had enough. the central african people have been massacred by the coalition and continue to be massacred by mercenaries. >> 2,000 french soldiers are deployed, 700 patrol the capitol streets. that hasn't stopped the violence between muslims and christians. >> we've shed enough tears. we need to stop this. we mourn for them. >> an alliance of rebel groups overthrew the government in march last year. christian militias rose up
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against them. the fighting has flit the country along religious and ethnic lines. aid agencies struggle to deliver supplies to over a million people driven from their homes. to many trying to live their lives in the midst of the fighting, one side is as bad as the other. >> before we had them, he used to take our fuel and other things. now we don't even know who the real authority in the country is that. as a driver, you are promised escort and security yet people are massacred in front of the authority and no one dares to open their mouth. >> the attack on this mosque of the partially motivated by frustration and fury. for months both muslims and christians have known little else. aljazeera. >> the united nations says more than 2 million people in the central african republic of in need of aid. >> trying to mediate the
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conflict in south sudan, a meeting to discuss how to stop the fighting. there are reports that south to do not's president maybe heading to the capitol of kenya, two sides trying to form a unity government, signing a ceasefire earlier this month, but the fighting continues. vladimir putin is invited to visit. moscow that yet to responsibility. >> leaders from seven african nations are attending an emergency summit in ghana to discuss strategies to combat boko haram after they kidnapped school girls. good luck jonathan, the misis promising to wage total war against boko haram. we are in nigeria. what can you tell us about today's emergency summit? >> this summit is being chaired by the president of ghana, in the capitol. what we expect is the leaders of at least 15 african nations,
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west african nations to attended the meeting. what we understand is that the session was called to discuss the awful impact of terrorism in west africa and there will be a focus on the sect, the group, boko haram that has waged a bloody war here in nigeria over the last few years. we understand that they will discuss efforts and strategy to try and reduce the incidents of terrorism that take place and at the end of the day issue a communique to the public and media about precisely what they can do as an organization. >> the alliance normally handles economic issues. is today's strategy session a major departure for this group? >> yes and no. we have seen piece keeping, but has come under public pressure to become more effective. they haven't had a proper
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stationery army or piece keeping force. they usually are convened when there is a crisis but now there is a feeling and what we understand is being discussed is what can be done to kind of put men on the ground in these areas, and also a focus on some of the issues to do with border control, controlling the porous borders in all the 15 west african states and look at the illicit flow of small arms and weapons that these terrorists use. >> what does this special emergency meeting say about boko haram's impact on west africa and whether little a growing threat to the region? >> well, it does say that it's a growing threat. remember, boko haram insurgency started here in nigeria, in particular in the northeast and it has spread to countries, neighboring countries like cameroon. we've also seen some suspected boko haram violence in countries which also share the border with nigeria and chad, so there is a
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huge regional concern about the reach and breadth of the group to come together and see how they can crush the organization and stop terrorism in general in the area. >> we'll look to see what happens out of the emergency meeting. thank you. >> international outrage growing following the death of two teenage sisters in india. the girls were gang raped, strangled and hung from a tree. two police officers are among the suspects. >> villagers found the bodies of the two girls hanging from a tree early wednesday morning. a report from a medical examiner confirmed that the two were raped and later strangled before they were hanged. now the families of the victims and villagers are directing their anger not only at the suspects in this case, but also against the police. they accuse police of initially refusing to help in the search for the two girls and then for
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later, not filing criminal charges against the accused. the state government has promised action in this investigation, and has already suspended two police officers. this whole incident comes about a year and a half after the brutal gaining rape of a medical student in new delhi. that crime shocked the country into an open debate about safety and tougher laws. deli's and india's crime statistics show a woman is raped in india every 22 minutes and this crime also shows that despite tougher laws in place, these brutal crimes continue to occur. >> >> new revelations about the husband of a pregnant woman stoned to death earlier this week. she was beaten with bricks by a mob of family members who disapproved of her marriage. turns out her husband was married in the past and sources say that in 2009, he beat his
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first wife to death over a dispute. those charges were never filed because her family for gave him. >> leaders from the e.u., russia and ukraine are meeting to try to resolve a natural gas dispute, moscow threatening to cut off supplies to ukraine. the e.u. energy commission is trying to mediate a fair price. inside ukraine, the new president elect is vowing to punish pro russian fighters who shot down a helicopter killing 14 soldiers. we report on the strength of the separatists who just received a new supply of weapons. >> we've toured the check points around the city here in donetsk this morning and it's very clear that they have received fresh supplies of weapons. the weapons they are armed with are brand new, look as if they've come straight out of the factory. it does appear that supplies of ammunition and weapons are reaching the forces here in the
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people's republic. the secretary of state john kerry believed there were outside sources providing these weapons and some very sophisticated as proved by the shooting down of the he will her in slovyansk. there is no indication of exactly where these weapons and supplies and extra fighters that are coming to the city of coming from. it's a case of plausible deniability. they don't wear regimental badges, they are in combat fatigues, their faces covered, but they seem to be skilled in the arts of wear fair. if they try and come into the ukrainian army try to come into the city of slovyansk, they will face very professional lessance and of course this is urban warfare and the city has been
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reinforced with chechnyan volunteers, skilled fighters. >> russia has pulled most of its troops away from the border with ukraine. >> 33 people injured when a strong earthquake struck china near the border with myanmar. people running out of buildings. the quake was a 5.9 magnitude. 300,000 people live in that area, the same area hit with a smaller quake last week. >> more rain for the gulf coast and northern midwest. >> nicole mitchell joins us with the details. happy friday, nicole. >> we're all a little bit happy about that today. these have been slow moving weather systems. that means where you've gotten stuck you should this, it has dumped significant amounts. picking out one that we had along the gulf coast and then you can also on the broad picture pick out the next
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boundary, a frontal system moving through the midwest slowly. that will give us chances for rain totals to add up as this moves. this one in the south has caused us problems for days. some places especially early in this system, getting up to six or seven inches of rain as this moved along through texas, louisiana, you can see more rain this morning, heavier amounts coming down in the panhandle. because of that, it's a little hard to see the green flood warnings on the green earth here, but a lot of places under the flood watches for flash flood potential. this is how this shapes up over the next couple of days. we could see three oh five inches in the core, but this system is breaking down, so not at much moisture as we saw a couple of days ago. this front not as much, but another slow mover. two to four inches not out of the question as we get through the course of the weekend. across this look, these two
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spots, otherwise the rest of the country not too bad, enough instability that as we move across the region, we could have isolated thunderstorm activity into the day tomorrow. this is tomorrow, not today, we have that slight risk popping up for severe weather. >> nicole, thank you very much. >> l.a. clippers owner donald sterling has been ruled mentally unfit to make decisions about the family trust according to a report from "u.s.a. today." that should expedite the sale of the team to steve ballmer. his wife agreed to the offer for the team. the nba banned sterling for life when a racist rant was made public. the price shatters the prefers nba record of $500 million paid for the milwaukee bucks earlier this year. >> president obama's foreign policy shift. >> how the changes could affect the growth have al-qaeda in places like afghanistan and
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pakistan. >> i can't even get a job. >> the economic realities forcing baby boomers to move back home and the strain that is putting on their relationships with their ages parents. >> a word i know this time, please. >> the tense, final moments in a history making spelling bee. why this year's competition ended with more than one winner. >> today's big number, 1 million with 300,000. >> why it spelled more trouble for the american auto industry.
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>> general motors isn't the only company recalling cars. >> today's big number is the number of cars that ford now is pulling off the road. >> add that to another ford recall earlier this year and it doubles recalls from last year. >> some vehicles recalled, the escape, mariner and explorer. the carmaker says the power steering may shut off on those vehicles. there have been reports of 20 accidents and eight injuries related to the problem. >> ford taurus models recalled because the light on the license
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plate can start a fire. the caught toe maker is recalling the fusion, lincoln where the floor mats can get caught under the gas pedal. >> other car companies launching recalls, nissan recalled 1 million vehicles, toyota calling back 5.3 million and g.m. leading the way with 13 million vehicles recalled. >> southwest airlines has been slapped with a $200,000 fine for a deceptive advertising. the airline violated the so-called full fair advertising rules for the second time in a year. southwest ran an ad campaign in an atlanta pushing $59 tickets, but an investigation found the carrier never sold any tickets at that bargain basement price. southwest says the commercial was a mistake and that it honored passenger requests for those fares. >> if you have a quarter of a million dollars, you could take a trip to space.
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it is one step closer to reality. a deal was signed with the f.a.a. allowing sub on or about bittal flights from new mexico. passengers will sore 60 miles above earth and travel at speeds, hoping the first flights will blast off later this year. >> most of these people not on that list. baby boomers make up 25% of the population in the u.s. some of those boomers are falling on hard times and in some cases being forced to move back in with their aging parents. >> jeannine has a list of chores. this afternoon, she has work on the front lawn. it's not her front lawn. it's her mother's. forty years after she did chores as a teenager, she's back at home. >> this used to be my when i was
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a teenager, i grew up here, this was my bedroom, now it's my mother's bedroom. >> rosales now lives in the basement. struggling to make a career shift in 2009, tired of her job as an office manager, the financial situation dried up jobs. >> i'm in a situation where i need to depend on my mother to have a roof over my head, because i can't even get a job. >> jeannine is one of many baby boomers who have moved back in with their parents and their numbers of growing. in the past decade, 200,000 older californians have moved home, a 68% increase. >> while mill len yells who struggled in the last few years suffered from a proven job experience, the boomers suffered from age bias and discrimination. >> finding a job becomes that
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much harder than in your 20's and 30's. you saw people losing homes and jobs and long term joblessness. >> she resisted and waited until all her other options ran out before making the big move. >> i have nowhere to go, to, and she was beginning to get sick. she was having -- she needed more care, she needed some company, and help. >> she now pays her way to live at home in part by fixing up the house, working on different projects. for now, rosales has given up and is not actively looking for a job. >> sometimes it's wonderful. other times it drives me nuts. >> oftentimes, the dynamics between parents and their children don't change that much from when they were teenagers. >> we clashed this morning. we do clash. i think we're always going to clash, because i'm also very --
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i'm also someone who doesn't like to be told how to do things and i'm 53 years old. i'm like excuse me, but, you know, i'm not a child, i'm not a baby. >> now that her mother has alzheimer's, rosales has a compelling reason to stay at home and in these tough economic times, she is certainly not alone. melissa chan, aljazeera, san francisco. >> it's not just the baby boomers that are moving back home, young adults known as mill len yells leaning more and more on their parents for money. we'll focus on why so many of them are living paycheck to paycheck if they can find a job at all. >> lets look at temperatures across the country today. >> for that, we turn to our meteorologist, nicole mitchell. good morning. >> not too bad heading into the weekend. we've got a couple spots where we've got cool air, but overall, it's going to be fairly comfortable. as the northeast and northwest, where we have more temperatures in the 50's this morning, all the way up through the
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midsection of the country, a lot of 60's and 70's, very comfortable as we get into the heat have the day. we're looking at places like miami, 87 degrees, thunderstorms really start to go build in the afternoon hours, through the course of the weekend, that meet and humidity, this is a beautiful shot out of st. petersburg this morning, you saw thunderstorms lift into the atmosphere, so about a 50-60% chance in the heat of the day that we'll see that again, but this morning looks like smooth sailing. there's hardly a ripple on that beautiful water there. rest of the country, 80's through the midwest. >> not a bad way to close out the month. >> when it comes to security in asia, japan looking to flex its muscles. >> not everyone is thrilled with the idea, especially china. >> cracking down on those tanning is a lance, the f.d.a. trying to make the tanning experience safer for customers. >> best selling author james
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patterson said amazon is killing literature. that and other headlines around the world. the world.
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>> the wrongly convicted set free, a slew of exonerations across the country. >> two winners in the annual national spelling bee. the end of this year's competition was unusual. >> in our next hour, we'll talk about new orleans thriving one decade after katrina, other parts shrill slighted and abandoned. >> secretary of veteran affairs
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eric shinseki is set to address a group of homeless vets today, coming as some lawmakers are calling for him to resign in the wake of the v.a. hospital scandal. 42 facilities are now under investigation over extended wait times for service, some cases have reportedly had deadly consequences. >> a gun battle leaving two dead in central africa when armed protestors opened fire on peacekeepers who then fired back. two days of violent protest have been marked by muslims and christians fighting each other. >> the wife of embattled clippers owner donald sterling agreed to a $2 billion offer for the team. nba owners must approve the deal. >> an agent security summit underway in singapore asking for a bigger role in security for his country. that's not likely to sit well
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with china. >> the chinese government's assertive push or sovereignty over islands in the south china sea has put it on a collision course with vietnam. now further north, it's squaring off against japan, over the ownership of islands in the east china sea. administered by japan, chimed by china. beijing reinforced its sovereignty claim last november, declaring an air defense zone over the islands. military jets from both count rigs have been harassing one another, sometimes just meters apart. but japan is now growing more assertionive, emboldened by support from presidentack obama. last month, he said he would oppose any moves to undermine japan's control of the islands. two weeks ago, the prime minister appeared to raise the
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stakes further. he said he hoped for a change in japan's pacifist constitution that would enable japan to aid an ally under attack like the united states. china fears the proposed change could mark the first step toward a new era of japanese militarism. both countries fought 100 years ago. china came off worst. while the prospects of another conflict of remote, analysts fear a dangerous pattern is starting to emerge. >> u.s. defense secretary chuck hagel also scheduled to speak at that summit. north korea now agreeing to open an investigation into a series of cold war kidnappings that involves the fate of japanese citizens kidnapped. in 2002, north korea admitted to kidnappings, returning five japanese civilians alive.
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that outraged japan, cutting all ties with the country. japan agreed to start lifting sanctions that had been in place since. >> missouri's general has a solution for the shortage of drugs for lethal injections, prosing them in missouri. states are scrambling for alternatives. some states considered firing squads, the gas chamber and electric chair. >> in a reversal of policy, the texas attorney general's office now says its prison system does not need to reveal the source of its execution drugs, saying its supplier would be in daner if identified. lawyers for death row inmates say they need information to verify potency and protect their clients from cruel and unusual punishments. >> as some states try to figure out how to carry out executions,
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a growing number of criminals are being set free. in new york city, the belinda now reexamining 90 cases that may have led to wrongful convictions. as jonathan betz reports, similar cases are cropping up around the country. >> the motion to dismiss the indictment by the people is granted. >> they are the words being repeated that should never need to be said. >> the vacation of the conviction is granted. >> judgment releasing prisoners wrongfully convicted. >> sir, you are free to go. >> in brooklyn new york it is happening time and again and investigations were launched into dozens of credible convictions, many dating back decades. two thirds of the cases are linked to one detective. >> we are investigating a number of other cases involving the detective. >> reports revealed he repeatedly relied on the same witness to finger suspects, including a murder case. a judge this month overturned
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their convictions. >> i'm going home with my family right now and take a bath. >> this is overwhelming. >> this is david, accused of killing a rabbi in 1991, set free after learning witnesses were coached. >> i said from the beginning i had nothing to do with this case. >> d.n.a. exonerated 300 inmates across the country in the past 25 years, but not every release brings happiness and answers. >> where's the killer? who's the killer? who botched the case, and who's going to be responsible at the end of the day? >> jonathan betz, aljazeera, new york. >> the in sense project said false confession are among the leading causes of wrongful convictions in the u.s. >> republicans demand answers from the department of homeland security. lawmakers grilled secretary jay johnson over a recent report that showed 36,000 undocumented
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immigrants convicted of crimes were released last year. house republicans say that jeopardized public safety. the secretary is vowing to review those releases. >> i look at same list you've seen and i've seen some pretty serious criminal convictions on that list, including homicide and other things. so i want to deeper understanding of this issue myself to make sure we're doing everything we should be doing to insure public safety in this process. >> jonathan also said many of the releases of undocumented immigrants were directed by an immigration judge or prompted by other legal requirements. >> some are saying the shift in foreign policy laid out by president obama at west point doesn't mean the war with al qaeda is over. while the troops are pulling out of afghanistan, the front line seems to be shifting to the middle east and africa. the u.s. wants local forces in those countries to battle the extremists, the president saying the u.s. would provide equipment
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to help. good morning. >> good morning, del. >> once the u.s. completes its pull out from afghanistan, what happens next? >> i think it's important to understand that having a is only one piece of this wider struggle against terrorism. we've seen what's been happening in nigeria, now the u.s. is involved in yemen, philippines and asia. there's a transnational threat. the president is offering up a way to work with partners around the world so we can attack the terrorist networks and prevent them from growing. >> the president's critics counter that once the u.s. pumps out of afghanistan, the terrorists pull back in, al-qaeda moves back in. >> i think that's a misunderstanding of the dynamics in afghanistan. first, al-qaeda is a very small piece of the larger instability
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and insurgency problems in afghanistan. the central focus there has been for several years the tab ball. granted, the afghan national security forces, it took time for them to be able to battle the taliban on their own, but they're doing so now. i also don't think that the removal of u.s. forces and nato forces necessarily means al-qaeda can slip back in when you have an enhanced afghan national security force and frankly, the center of gravity or al-qaeda is elsewhere these days. >> let's go back. i want to stay on afghanistan for a second. is the problem afghanistan or pakistan as the borders in the tribal regions are porous. >> in order to deal with the al-qaeda problem in the area, you have to look at both sides of the borders.
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there has been success in getting the pakistanis to understand that their own taliban problem, harboring of al-qaeda and affiliated groups is as much a danger to themselves as it is to the rest of the world. i have less concern when we talk about the reduction of troops in afghanistan interns of the fight against counter terrorism. i think we will still see a robust u.s. counter terrorism presence that's able to go after the small number of al-qaeda both in pakistan with pakistani assistance hopefully and certainly with afghan rance on that side of the border. >> have they leveled the playing field and produced a safer alternatives to boots on the ground with drones? in 2010, there were 122 drone strikes in pakistan. 2013, that number dropped, this year not one. is it because of political pressure or have the ranks of the taliban in that region moved
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on elsewhere? >> it's both. it's both the number of targets has been reduced but the dynamic has changed. drones make it safer for our own troops on the ground, but if there's one thing i can have the listeners take away that's that drones are not a strategy. they're a particular tool useful for helping to find terrorists or kill terrorists or insurgents but not a strategy that still requires going after what drives the insurgencies and the terrorist movements in the first place, ideology and you can't kill that with drones. >> the f.d.a. is tightening regulations on the tanning industry. manufacturers will have to get f.d.a. approval before marketing new products. tanning beds will have to
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display warning signs. people who have been exposed to tanning salon u.v. radiation increase the risk of skin cancer by nearly 60%. we are in washington. good morning. officials obviously want to educate consumers about skin cancer, but don't a lot of people that go to tanning salons know the risk and ignore them? is this more of a cultural problem? >> it's a good question to bring up, because you're right, a lot of people are already doing this. even though there's been education out there, information about the risks, a million people a day, according to the american academy of dermatology, more than a third of all adults regularly tan indoors, despite the fact that there have been concerns and research that those u.v.a. rays which are not filtered through the clouds or the sky as they are when you're ouide could be hazardous to
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your health. and it is cultural issue to some degree, it certainly could be. now they want to make warnings more prominent so that people are literally face-to-face with that information when they head to a tanning salon. >> it reminds me of the warning you see on cigarette packs. smokers know the risks and yet still smoke. >> exactly. >> one in three, but specifically teenage girls, one in three girls have tried indoor tanning. what else can be done to discourage this? >> you bring up a good point, 70% of tanners according to the dermatologist association are caucasian girls, and now they also want to try to discourage people under 18, because the latest research out there just came out this week, in fact the jumble of the national cancer institute suggest you're 59% to develop melanoma by tan. that's even if you haven't burned before inside or outside.
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they are trying to get more information out there for people to make this choice, but there's a particular concern about people under 18. they haven't banned it. they're not restricting it, but they are trying to get a much stronger warning out there so parents and students are aware. >> 60% increased risk, incredible. live in washington, thank you. those rules will take effect in the next 90 days. >> california lawmakers are pushing for warning labels on sugary drinks. the bill is heading to the state assembly. drinking just one soda a day increases the risk of diabetes 20%. critics say the labels won't change behavior. >> smokers sacrificing what they need to afford their habit. one in 10 admits they cut back
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on food in order to have money to buy cigarettes. a quarter sacrifice social outings to save the money they spend. more than one in five has given up a holiday. $72,135 a week is what it costs to smoke. >> a pack of cigarettes in new york city can cost $10. >> best selling author james patter sun claimed amazon is hurting the publishing industry. he believes the future of literature is in danger. we should point out that patterson's publisher, hatchet is in a dispute with amazon over prices and amazon is therefore not selling as many books. >> when you go out to sell a book, you can't make money, because all the bookstores are gone. >> according to the mirror,
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scientists found a well balanced curve, unlike the hunchback on stage and screen, he said his neck was straight and he didn't have a lump. they dug up his body. >> in 2012. this is part of the excavation research. he had scoliosis, but it wasn't as bad. >> top economic times, making it difficult for young people to find a job. >> it's not an issue here in america. >> how young workers are struggling to make a living all around the world. >> plus a prehistoric grave yard uncovered in our discovery of the day. >> a dramatic dialogue like
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those in a greek play. >> part of a european newspaper. why are we saying these funny words? because we can't spell them.
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>> this, is what we do. >> al jazeera america. >> it is time now for our discovery of the day. the foss i willized remains of prehistoric sea creatures have been found near a melting glacier in chile. >> the so-called fish lizards were large reptiles that lived 90 million years ago. >> they had torpedo shaped bodies and long disput dispute h teeth. >> they were very well preserved, even with soft tissue
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intact. >> some of the most instruct irforces on earth, hurricanes. scientists say there is still a lot they don't know. researchers in florida are now looking to unlock secrets by dropping drones into the eye of the storm. >> this is the view from the cockpit, as an airplane flies into the wall of a hurricane. researchers want to improve tools to learn more about a hurricane's intensity as it barrels to shore. with it it be a category one or three. >> our ability to tell you what it will do at landfall as far as not where it's going to go, but what it will do as far as intensity, we're not that good at it. we are trying to get better and making strides. >> this is called the coyote. in august, researchers hope that for the first time, they'll deploy a drone from an airplane into the eye and wall of a
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hurricane. the coyote weighs seven pounds with a five-foot wing span. the carbon wings are designed to fly with the hurricane winds and withstand them. >> with the battery life of two ours, it will fly as low as 100 feet, measuring wind speed, temperature, humidity and pressure. once the battery dice, so does the drone, dropping into the ocean. researchers at the atlantic ocean graphic and meteorological laboratory won't say how much each one cost, but the lab received federal funding to operate five of the coyotes. at this point, it's an experimental tool used to observe. >> this device in it simplest form will give a better representation of what actually is occurring so we can warn the people in harm's way. >> if the drones prove successful during their missions, the hope is one day they will be indispensable to forecasting a hurricane. aljazeera, miami. >> that drone research cost
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$1.25 million. >> time for a check of the weather. we have our observe hurricane hunter who does fly into those storms. what do you think of the drones? >> we've had drones since 2005. the aircraft that fly inside are collecting pressures, temperatures, winds, all that data from inside the storm, what will be interesting is to see how much they enhance the data already collected as we any inside them. >> the atlantic quiet, but the season starts june 1, just around the corner, always be prepared. back to the united states, a couple areas we are seeing rain, systems from the gulf coast and another slow moving over the midwest, both will dump a lot of rain over the next couple of days. >> nicole mitchell, thank you. >> college graduates in the u.s. are going to ever a hard time finding jobs, but that problem is not isolated to america. many young people around the world are unemployed. we're taking a closer look at the issue in a special series we're calling generation
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jobless. in uganda, jobs are hard to come by despite a solid economy. >> a game of pool is the highlight of the day when he has money to play. he survives doing whatever casual work he can and anything that pays. >> i'm not happy living like this. i'm stressed. i have a daughter. i have to raise her. >> he's not alone. 80% of the population is under 30 and the majority don't have jobs. the economy's grown fast in the last decade, visible in the capitol construction boom and other parts of the service sector. the population is booming, too and the growth hasn't created anywhere near enough jobs. like many, she hoped education would help. she got a degree in logistics but trades clothes in this
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market. she got high grades and applied for many jobs without luck. >> at least you have something to eat. >> esther works in one of the city's biggest markets. there are many traders in here with university degrees, but many complain there's a disconnection between the available training and the labor market. there were very few white color jobs and a lot more opportunities starting small businesses in the informal sector. for many young people, they simply don't have the right skills for the capital to get started. >> there are government programs to fight unemployment among young people. rebecca's success has been limited in part because of widespread corruption. >> we are sitting on a time bomb as a country if we don't address the question of youth unemployment. it's a general problem across africa. if you look at most of the violence that happens in the
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country, be it after the elections, out of any public protests, it's led by the youth. that means these young people are idle and waiting for any opportunity to raise up. >> most of the car owners in the rush hour traffic come from the growing middle class who have formal jobs. the beg gars and walkers are among the majority who desperately need them. it's the same story across the continent. africa's young people need leaders to deliver growth and jobs before the employment problem becomes a political cries. aljazeera, uganda. >> in our next hour, generation jobless turns to portugal, jobs are returning there, but millions of young have been out of work for so long, they don't have the skill to say fill them. >> in chicago, a serious scare for visitors to the willis tower. one of the glass observation cubes cracked while they were standing on it. a spokesman said the crack was
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actually the protective coating that covered the glass service. it was of small comfort to the california family standing on it over looking the streets of chicago, seeing this when it happened. >> we jumped on it. the first thought is get off it immediately. >> the observation cubes designed to hold five tons each. they reopen thursday afternoon. >> i will not be going there. >> it might go down as one for the ages, 281 spellers from 50 states, guam, american i samoa d puerto rico gathered for the national spelling bee. teenagers added drama to the pros and made history in the process. >> correct. >> raw emotion arched up this year's national spelling bee. jacob williamson of cape coral florida captured wide attacks as the most animated contestant kim
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to a disappointing end last night. >> i know it, i totally know it! what? >> the tension kicked into high gear when it was down to just two young men standing. >> a word i know this time, please. >> there weren't worst he didn't know, squaring off against his opponent. >> the two boys took it down to the wire, exhausting the 25 championship words, spelling them all correctly, down to the last one. >> whatever. however you say it, just spell it.
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>> in the end, the two both undefeated named company champions of the national spelling bee. it's the first time there's been a tie since 1962. >> congratulations to them. another reason for the tie, two of those 25 championship words had to be kept in reserve to the bee wouldn't end with an incorrect spelling. do they know what those words mean? >> v.a. secretary shinseki set to meet with the president today. >> an emergency summit in ghana to fight boko haram. >> donald sterling objecting to the sale of the l.a. clippers, but a ruling about his mental health could push through the sale. >> the real life drama, focus of
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the new film that looks at difficult lives of foster children. how the stars of the movie are able to tap into their own lives for inspiration. >> we will be right back for more news on aljazeera america. eera america.
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>> every saturday join us for exclusive, revealing, and surprising talks with the most interesting people of our time. rosie perez >> i had to fight back, or else my ass was gonna get kicked... >> a tough childhood... >> there was a crying, there was a lot of laughter...
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>> finding her voice >> i was not a ham, i was ham & cheese... >> and turning it around... >> you don't have to let your circumstance dictate who you are as a person >> talk to al jazeera only on al jazeera america >> the former c.e.o. of microsoft making a record setting offer to buy the l.a. clippers. the team's current owner may be powerless to stop the deal from getting done. >> it's time for secretary shinseki to step down. >> v.a. secretary eric shinseki one-on-one with president obama this morning as there are calls for his resignation. >> since katrina, some have
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created a voice for themselves fighting for human rights. we haven't been able to do that. >> nearly a decade after hurricane katrina devastated the big easy, one local community in new orleans struggling to rebuild. >> the young duties known as mill len yells having a tough time getting ahead. why a staggering number of them still need financial help from their families. >> welcome to al jazeera america. i'm stephanie sy. >> i'm del walters. a record breaking deal could lead to a new owner for the laugh clippers. >> shelly sterling has agreed to sell the team to steve ballmer. >> he offered $2 billion for the team, surpassing groups with high profile games like david geffen, oprah winfrey and magic johnson. it was ballmer and his wealth won out.
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>> he is worth $20 billion and a huge fan of professional basketball. donald sterling's wife shelly agreed to the sale thursday afternoon just days before a planned nba hearing to kick her family out of the league. >> i don't think there's anything donald sterling can say to the nba owners to convince him to let him keep the team. >> his racist rant was released on line last month and led the nba to bannister ling for life and eventually force him to sell. despite turning over ownership to his wife to facilitate the sale, he vowed to "fight to the bloody end." in the end, it's ultimately up to his wife. >> appreciative of her efforts, i think he's skeptical that her efforts will produce a resolution. >> sterling's lawyers maintain the recordings by v. stiviano
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were obtained illegally. he said as the sale moves forward, so will sterling's legal battle. >> it's not going to go away just by a sale. he doesn't want written on his tombstone donald sterling racist. >> he is animate the nba had no right to pursue the course it did. >> apart from not having a legal case, they don't have a moral case. there's something really wrong that somebody is talking to their girlfriend in the privacy of their home and then winds up losing his life and his property because someone was making an illegal tape recording that gets published. >> the sale can only be finalized if three quarters of the owners science off and approve it. sterling has been ruled mentally unfit to make decisions about the family trust according to a report in "u.s.a. today." >> police released new information in santa barbara
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about last week's mass murder. officers who visited roger three weeks before he went on a killing spree did not watch you tube videos. they said they did not know about his final video detailing what he called a day of retribution off his writings until after the killings. >> lawyers for james holmes want the media and public barred from jury selection. he is accused of killing 12 and wounding others in the attack in a movie theater in roa aurora, colorado. there is no word yet on when the judge will rule. the jury selection is scheduled to begin in october. >> missouri's attorney general says he has a solution for the shortage of lethal drugs used in prisoner executions. he wants to manufacture those drugs at a lab in missouri.
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he says doing that would make the whole process more transparent. the shortage has states scrambling for alternatives, some states consider reviving older execution methods. >> there has been a reversal of policy, the texas turn general saying its prison system does not need to reveal the source of its execution drugs. the texas department of criminal justice saying its supplier would be in danger if identified. lawyers say they need information about the drugs in order to verify potency and protect their clients from cruel and unusual punishment. >> more than 100 members of congress are now calling on veterans affairs secretary eric shinseki to step down. an interim report found phoenix area veterans waited months for points and accused workers of covering up the delays. secretary shinseki is expected to deliver the results of his
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own investigation into president obama. we are in washington. the pressure is really on the obama administration now. any indication of what might happen after the president receives this report from secretary shinseki? >> the last time president obama spoke publicly about secretary shinseki, he said that at this point, the secretary believes he can fix what's wrong with the v.a. the president went on to say that if rick as the president calls him doesn't think he can do the job, then he's sure he wouldn't be interested in continuing, so that appears to leave the door open for secretary shinseki to exist. at this point, he is staying put, saying he can fix what ails the v.a. >> some want him to go and have made that known. what are they saying about the situation? >> some members of the
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leadership of the republican party have not yet called for shinseki to go. significantly, that includes house speaker john boehner. this is what he had to say yesterday: >> it's time for secretary shinseki to step down. >> the question i asked myself is is him resigning going to get us to the bottom of the problem. is he going to help us find out what's really going on? the answer i keep giving is no. the real issue here is that the president is the one who should be held accountable. >> of course, it would be up to the president to appoint a new secretary and that brings another problem into focus, which is confirmation hearings. who out there is ready and able to come in, get confirmed quickly and then put their hands on all of the issues that are facing the v.a. right now, and that is probably why some members of the congress at this point are saying well, for better or worse, shinseki is in
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the position and perhaps should keep working at it at least for now. >> it appears that shinseki himself is working to shore up support among veterans. tell us what he's been doing the last few days. >> well, he's been on a tour of speaking engagements, speaking to some 20 odd veterans groups, including this morning, the national association of homeless veterans. that is one area whereship is credited with making some progress, but of course, it's not the progress that he's making that's at issue right now, it's the fact that the v.a. medical system is in such dire need of assistance and correction and that hasn't happened. >> we'll look for that report today, thank you. >> edward snowden is waging a war of words with the obama administration. it has to do with blowing the whistle about the n.s.a. he claimed that he communicated with n.s.a. compliance officials and a colleague about the agencies collection programs. in response, intelligence
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officials issued an email he wrote in 2013. it makes no mention of any n.s.a. program for the law. snowden said the n.s.a. is holding back information about other attempts he made to address his concerns. >> leaders from russia and the ukraine trying to resolve a natural gas dispute. moscow threatening to cut supplies to ukraine if ukraine doesn't pay its debt. the e.u. energy commissioner is trying to mediate. inside ukraine, the countries new president is vowing to punish fighters who shot down a helicopter killing 14 soldiers. we have more on the strength of the separatists who just received a new supply of weapons. >> we've been touring the separatist fighter check points around the city here in slovyansk this morning. it's very clear that they have received fresh supplies of weapons that they are armed with are brand new straight out of
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the factory. it does appear that supplies of ammunition and weapons are reaching the forces here in the people's republic. the secretary of state, john kerry of the united states said that he believed that were outside sources providing these weapons and some of them very sophisticated as proved by the shooting down of the ukrainian army helicopter in slovyansk where a missile was used. this is greatly worrying. there is no indication of exactly where these weapons and supplies and indeed these extra fighters that are coming to the city of coming from. it's a case of plausible deniability. they don't wear regimental badges. their faces are covered, but they seem to be skilled in the arts of wear fair, so if they try and come into the city, they will face very professional resistance and of course this is
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urban warfare and now the city reinforced with chechnyan volunteers, the most skilled fighters in that form of wear fair. >> u.s. officials saying russia pulled most of its troops away from the border. >> the british government agreed to publish some of the conversations between former prime minister tony blare and former president george w. bush leading up to the war in iraq. the long awaited report could be published by the end of this year. critics argue they deliberately misled the public over why they sent troops sue iraq. half a million people died between the initial invasion in 2003 and u.s. withdrawal in 2011. >> chuck hagel plans to push china over cyber spying allegations, traveling to beijing for a face-to-face meeting with top military officials there. five chinese officers are charged with hacking into u.s. companies. america said they were trying to
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steal trade secrets. he plans to talk about territorial disputes in that region. >> the defense secretary says he will make a decision soon about the detainees at guantanamo bay, reviewing whether six prisoners should be transferred toure guy. president obama wants to close the center used to hold terror suspect since aft 9/11. some prisoners have been held for a decade without charges or trial. if detainees are transferred, they will be set free. >> heavy rain causing problems in parts of the country. >> good morning, nicole. >> it's been a very soggy spring especially in the gulf coast where we have another system rotating across the region, bringing rain. through the midwest, a slow moving frontal boundary because
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it's slow moving gives a chance to dump the moisture and totals to add up. our bigger problem spot, you can see a little rotation, it was much clearer where that rotation was over the last couple of days. this is becoming less organized, but still, that flow picking up the gulf moisture, moving it over land, so we're still going to be seeing areas of heavy rain. that's why parts of louisiana to the panhandle of florida, we have the flood watches for the potential for flooded areas. here's how this shapes up as we get through the weekend, the next three days. you can see a core of rain along the gulf coast, places like mississippi, alabama, the coastal area, another three to five inches possible. the frontal boundary, i would say two to four inches, there are a couple of places that go higher, anywhere from north carolina into minnesota getting the core of that rain. some of this recently has been beneficial. this is a brought monitor that came out yesterday going through tuesday. the rain will erode some of that
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drought condition in east texas, of course the worst part of this is more in north and west texas, recent rain improved those conditions. we're getting a little bit of help from all of this, but definitely kind of dampens weekend plans heading into june. >> i saw a guy with moss on his backside the other day. terrible. >> north side. >> exactly. thanks. >> firefighters in texas are allowing a fire at a fertilizer plant to burn out. flames broke out at the facility about 70 miles south of dallas. crews evacuated a five block area fearing an explosion like the one that rocked west texas last year. there were no injuries. it is unclear what sparked the fire. >> federal judges in los angeles throwing out convictions claiming the sting operations that were conducted by the bureau of alcohol, tobacco and firearms are unconstitutional, involving undercover agents promising suspects a large payday in charge for robbing a
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fake drug stash house. one said the agent's conduct was against the law, creating a fictitious crime from whole cloth, the justice democratic appealing both decisions. >> police in seattle say federal reforms aimed at cracking down on abusive police practices are putting officers at risk, as we report, they are suing the city and justice department, claiming their constitutional rights are being violated. >> seattle police are under federal orders to change their ways, after the department of justice found that for years, officers used excessive force. a consent decree now requires reforms, including complicated new rules about the use of force. the lawsuit brought by more than 120 patrol officers claims the new policy substantially undermines the constitutional rights afforded plaintiffs, asking us to take unreasonable risks with our after i and lives. as a consequence, it leaves the
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public significantly less safe, as well. it calls the new use of force policy vague, overly complicated and contradictory, claiming the confusion makes it inevitable officers and citizens will get killed or injured. the head of the police guilt says the union is not behind the lawsuit, and does not support it. however, he would like to see some clarification of the 80 plus pages of use of force rules implemented this year. >> i can agree with the assertions in this complaint that the policy is confusing. i believe it is poorly written. it contradicts itself in several places. >> smith says a review process already pitches, and that's where these concerns should be raised, not in a federal lawsuit. about 10% of the city's patrol officers attached their names to the suit, most of them based in one precincts. mayor he had murray who says he inherited a democratic in
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turmoil hasn't commented directly on the lawsuit, but says reform efforts will continue. >> we are not going to fight the u.s. civil rights division of the justice democratic. this is not the 1960s, we are going to work with the federal government. >> reporting from seattle. seattle's mayor just named a new police chief, kathleen o'toole. she hopes to work with the feds and rank and file officers to move forward with reforms. >> working to bring back new orleans after hurricane katrina 10 years later. >> giving them hope and somebody standing up and saying we can do this. >> the fight the community is waging, trying to bring new life into the lower ninth ward. >> from the day i remember, i felt rejected by her. >> actor rosie perez opens up about her troubled childhood. my conversation with her about her mother and the abuse she suffered. >> getting up close to a deadly
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predators, that and other videos from citizen journalists.
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>> welcome to al jazeera america. let's check videos captured by citizen journalists. >> thousands gathering in the streets of paris, marching against the countries far right national party. demonstrators were mostly students. they won last week's poll elections in france. >> a lot of far right parties gaining ground in the e.u. >> i love this. >> iconic buildings getting a fresh look thanks to these light shows. the projections were part of the sixth annual vivid lights. real artwork there. >> tiger sharks off florida.
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this video posted to change the perception of sharks and raise awareness about their shrinking population. >> i love scuba diving with smashings, i don't know about tiger sharks, those are pretty aggressive. >> the damage the on going coup in thailand is doing to that countries economy. >> first temperatures across the nation today. we turn to nicole mitchell. do you scuba, as well. >> i do, and i've done with smashing, but not when you feed them. >> you two would feed me to the sharks. >> somedays. >> look at that, that makes you
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ready for the weekend. >> at least 33 people were injured when a strong earthquake struck china near the border with myanmar. people rushing out of buildings when they started shaking. it was a moderate quake, 5.9 on the richter scale. that same area hit by a smaller quake just last week. >> china's president promising to make life better for those in the northwest, focusing on employment, education and alleviating poverty, trying to calm tensions in that area that has seen deadly attacks in recent months. the government blames the attacks on ethnic minorities and extremists. this is the first time in four
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years the chinese president held a high level meeting on the issue. >> more than a dozen japanese citizens were abducted during the 1970's and 1980. north korea admitted to the kidnappings and returned five civilians alive. that outraged japan, cutting or ties with the communist nation. they have agreed to start lifting sanctions that have been in place ever since. >> the focus of thailand's coup has been on the capitol of bangkok, but the military has been tightening its grip across the country, imposing curfews on tourist hot spots. the crackdown is taking a toll on the economy. >> ready to fight, oiled, massaged, loose muscled and prepared to fight in front of the tourist. thai boxing or muay thai is the
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sport. >> with fewer tourists, it affects my wage. >> the crowds here, 80% of the economy from tourism. >> it is a political issue as well as economic. >> some tourists aren't concerned. even though a curfew and martial law have been imposed in the country, there haven't been problems here. more than 40 governments have warned citizens about traveling to thailand. >> people are advised to exercise caution in bangkok and
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the north by all means, but at the same time, they should say well, you know, traveling to puquet i guess not the same. >> they are the same nation, what's happening in the corridors of power and army camps in the capitol and across the country have serious consequences for everyone. the military's probably hoping their coup is a game changer in the bitterly fought political contest. both sides indicate this is a fight to the end. >> the number of tourists in thailand dropped 5% this year. >> the v.a. secretary shinseki facing calls to step down. >> a real life drama playing out on the big screen, focusing the
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lives of the foster children and the personal connection stars share with the subject. >> people in their early 30's still relying on mom and dad for money. the challenges that prevent them from moving on with their lives. >> our images of the day, traditional german pilgrims. approximately 2,000 people from 40 groups attend the outdoor mass intra addition alb in. in traditional bavarian costume.
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>> i have a conversation with actor rosie perez who opened up about abuse she suffered.
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>> a surprising finish to the national spelling bee. two young men left standing, that hasn't happened in more than 50 years. >> veterans affairs secretary eric shinseki on the hot seat. this morning, shinseki will appear before a group of homeless veterans and meet with president obama. >> today, satisfy secretary eric shinseki speaks publicly for the first time since the inspector general found 1700 vets in phoenix haven't even been placed on the official waiting lift for an appointment. more than 100 lawmakers, democrats and republicans now want him to resign. shinseki's lobbying to stay, meeting with democrats on capitol hill and with veterans. >> they gave the appearance that they get the message. >> he's not a bad administrator, he's a bad public affairs
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officer. >> reserving judgment until the full report is in. >> some vets are defending the agency. >> this system just is turning too slowly. >> there are other problems, private doctors turning vets away because it's taking too long to get paid. >> the reimbursement was often months and sometimes even longer. >> more issues with the system that's now under the microscope. >> joining us now to discuss the fallout from the interim v.a. report is stuart hickey, a retired major with the u.s. marine corps. thanks for being with us. do you think the v.a. health care system is still the best place to care for our nation's veterans. >> yes, i do. the v.a. system is the largest health care system in the country, and i think overall
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veterans are satisfied with their care when they can get in and get the care. the problem is access to get in to be seen bay doctor. >> let's talk about that. this report released by the inspector general states that the average wait time at the phoenix facility was 115 days while the hospital records claim the wait was 24 days on average. this seems to just confirm what whistle blowers have said, but some say now that this two week wait time was an unrealistic goal to set, that led administrators to gaining the system to all the way bonuses. how do you think this can be fixed? >> wal amvets have quite a few solutions to cure the problem, the immediate problem of getting veterans in to be seen. one of those solutions can be the panel or the ratio of doctor
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to patients that the v.a. uses. it's one per 1200 or 1300 patients, whereas on the outside world, in primary care, it's about one per 4200 patients. they can automatically double or trim the number of patients that each doctor sees in primary care and that would reduce the wait list immediately. >> that's a very interesting proposal. congress is looking at new legislation to remedy problems, including giving the v.a. secretary the power to fire high level executives without the hurdles that current exist. do you think that if secretary shinseki had had that authority, that would have made a difference? >> i think if he'd have had it several years ago, and could have implemented some of those remove also of people, we probably wouldn't be in the situation we're in now.
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we believe in amvets to support the act and we hope the senate will do the same. we're talking about higher level employees. we're not talking about the rank and file employee. these are ses's, people that make well over six figures a year. >> right. >> and they're the ones who are gaming the system in order to receive bonuses and promotions and other things. we think the whole incentive program in the v.a. is upside down. >> thank you, sir. >> palestinian president abass asking for a new national unit government, bringing together
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hamas and fatah. the two sides have yet to publish a list of officials who will serve that new transitional government. israel suspended peace talks in may after the new deal was cut with hamas. >> al sisi celebrating his victory in egypt this week. some say that may be the result of apathy from the egyptian people who thought the election was pointless. >> he's the only other candidate for the presidency, now conceded defeat. >> the election process in itself and the democratic goal was violated and lacked impartiality. with respect to the people, we cannot give credibility and cannot believe the figures declared until now about the participation of the voters in
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this selection. >> al sisi is only waiting to be sworn in once the official results are through. it was billed to be a celebration of democracy, a chance to show the world that the majority of egyptians were in support of the army's political roadmap announced following last year's coup. when polls opened, the reality appeared to be different. seems like these empty polling stations were a sign that a large section of society chose to ignore calls by egypt's military backed government to take part in this election. the low turnout forced officials to declare day two of the election a national holiday in a bid to increase participation. that seemed to have little impact, with tuesday witnessing a similarly low show in voters. that prompted them to close shopping malls eight hours early with public service announcements made calling on shoppers to go and vote instead.
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mosques were used with calls blaring with a message if you love god, then go and vote for al sisi. he was one of only two candidates contesting these polls, the former army general who led the coup which ousted the first democratically elected president of egypt, mohamed morsi. voter numbers remained low, so the election commission announced late on tuesday that it was extending the poll by one more day, claiming that hot weather prevented many from taking part. the last time egyptians voted in a president was may of 2012. the weather was identical, the pictures were not. back then, long cues of voters became the defining image of what seemed to be the transition to democracy. the apparent low turnout in this year's election is being interpreted different by all sides. the anti coup alliance and
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brotherhood hailed it a victory. others day it's a blow for the coup leaders. >> the military row in egypt is at its weakest point. the coup is actually toppled by the empty ballot boxes. >> the results are scheduled to be announced june 5 but a winner could be announced much earlier when votes are counted. the outcome has never been in doubt with all sides pointing to a landslide win for al sisi. while he may have been assured of victory, he himself said that he wanted 40 million egyptians to turn out and vote. the battle for legitimacy, ale sisi and hit showeriers want to show those who took part this year were also voting previously. >> a swearing in ceremony will
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be held for al sisi once the official results are released next week. >> we're going to go live to veteran affairs secretary shinseki speaking to homeless veterans. >> identified about 36,000 as homeless, which we didn't know before we screened, and another 42,000 who were at risk of homelessness. with that kind of information, you can do something about it. also in 2012, we established our first community resource -- >> we're going to continue to follow that to see if shinseki makes reference to the inspector general's interim report which finds long wait times. >> russia's relations with ukraine might be strained but moscow is looking to bolter ties to former soviet republics. vladimir putin and his counter parts in kassing stan and
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belarus announced a pact to go into effect january 1. there is no word on if they will create a form of currency like the euro. >> the number of people with measles in the u.s. is on the rise, 288 cases of the disease reported this year. that's the highest number for one year since measles was eliminated in 2000. health officials call it a wake up call, urging those unsure about their vaccine status to get knoc in vaccinated. >> new orleans impoverished ninth ward became the pace of the impact of hurricane katrina. we spoke with residents who feel
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forgotten nine years later. >> things looked promising, but weeks later, the money ran out and the skatepark built inside a local community center closed. it was supposed to demonstrate the reit alization of the ninth ward, instead signify its failure when you build up a big hype for something especially in an area where there is nothing of this nature and then just close it right then and there, it's like giving a kid what they wanted for christmas and then taking it away on christmas day and saying you can't have it anymore. >> that's the recurrent theme. it's been almost 10 years since hurricane katrina struck and only fraction of the former
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residents ever came back. there seems to be little political will to remake a neighborhood that was once vibe branded. >> this is our future church, future building, rather. our sacred place. >> the reverend hasn't given up. his church was destroyed by the storm, but now a new structure is slowly taking shape. it's been a battle to raise funds, but he says people are returning, albeit slowly and in small numbers. >> people have found better lives in other communities. that's ok, but how do you build a community again by giving them hope and by somebody standing up and saying we can do this if we work together. >> across the street, a multi-million dollars community center is being built, but other amenities like super markets and pharmacies are non-existent. for those that run the community center, time is running out. they are desperately trying to raise cash, but funds to keep a building that's housed hundred
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was volunteer workers are dwindling. >> every community in new orleans since katrina have created a voice for themselves and fight for their human rights. we haven't been able to do that, because we have less than a third of the community back. >> for the lower ninth ward then, it's a picture of limited progress and continued failures. it could take years before this community returns to what it once was. >> the flooding in new orleans ninth ward was the result of storm surge being too much for levees to handle. it caused $108 billion in damage, the most expensive storm in u.s. history. >> federal authorities say they have broken up a heroin ring. 44 people accused of supplying the pittsburgh area, that city dealing with an epidemic seeing a spike in overdose deaths. they wore shirts that said 100
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bricks at a time, referencing the amount of the drug the group sells. the group is charged with employing minors to do drug running. >> arizona is overhauling its child welfare agency after reports of abuse and neglect were ignored. the governor signed two bills that will transform the current agency. brewer agreed to allocate $50 million in additional funding for the system. it will replace the child protective services in an effort to reduce a backlog of 15,000 cases. it also calls for an increase in transparency and accountability. >> every year, 800,000 american children spend time inside a foster home. 80% suffer emotional problems, serious problems we're told. a new film highlights their plight. the movie is written by and stars children who have been in the system. >> we're here to take your daughters from the home. >> this is how many children
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enter the system in the united states, forcibly taken from an abusive home. for others, it may be due to a parent's death or in the case of a parent's drug addiction. >> they were like get your stuff. i didn't know what to take. my mom's not going, just me and my brother. >> in all cases, it's a real life drama. here played out in a movie called know how how actors who have lived through it. >> we're going to be doing screenings of the films. >> the project is run by paul griffin. he's been teaching theater to kids. after staging a play based on the experiences of foster children, he saw an opportunity. >> the impact on audience was overwhelming. they felt like they were learning something they had
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never seen before, which was a surprise to us. we didn't see that coming. >> you are very intelligent and all you have to do is pass a test! >> the different story lines in the film illustrate hard facts. only 50% of american children i were in faster care finish lie school and 60% are convicted of a crime. >> the film took three years to realize and a major commitment of a group of young people still struggling to get their lives under control. they are showing it at film festivals and to the agencies and social workers in charge of children in foster care. >> many in the cast working on the project was the first time they openly talked about their experiences. >> none of us think that we're going to go off and be like the next denzel, the next halle berry. it's important to tell these stories. >> their ultimate goal is to improve foster care and provide a happy ending for more children
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in the system. >> the u.s. spends $22 billion each year on foster care promise. >> act stress rosie perez was never in foster care, but she describes what it was like being in the system. i spoke to her recently about the abuse she suffered and her relationship with her mother, who sent her to a children's home at the age of three. >> when you were a child, did you feel like rejected by her? do you remember feeling that? >> duh, yeah. yes. absolutely, from day one. from day one. >> from the day you could remember her. >> from the day i could remember her, i felt rejected by her, from her leaving me in the home, treating me differently from my other siblings. it's, you know, for her not taking me back, and people would always ask me why would you want to go back, and that's the crazy
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dynamic. that's the crazy dynamic that exists with the abuser and the person being abused, especially a child and their parent. you want your parent to love you, to want you, you know and then after a while, after they beat you down so much, they want you even more. that's very, very difficult for people to understand, but it is what it is. it is that. and it was very true for me. >> you can catch my entire conversation with rosie perez on talk to aljazeera america this saturday at 5:00 p.m. east he were time. it's not all serious. rosy's allow's to be funny in the interview. >> a lot of depth to her that many didn't know. >> mill len yells unable to find a job. >> new data shedding light on the struggles. >> some say they are ok with
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>> madison square garden is where the new york rangers beat the montreal canadiens to advance to the stanley cup finals. some people on the staff are celebrating, others are in a state of mourning. >> we do have canadiens on staff, i'm sorry. welcome to al jazeera america. just ahead, a large number of young people are still relying on their parents for financial support. >> let's look at wet weather across the nation today with nicole mitchell. >> a couple of spots of wet weather, the frontal boundary through the midwest is going to be a trigger point over the course of the weekend. we've had the low pressure along the gulf coast. it's diminishing, weakening, so
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not at much heavy rain, but we're pretty saturated. this area, three to five inches, the core of that over the whole weekend, two to four along this through the whole weekend in the midwest. a lot of places quiet, looking pretty good, but do watch out for those spots on the wet side. >> the global financial cries had a devastating impact on young people in europe. in portugal, 35% of the young struggle to find work. looking at unemployment there, in part two of our series, generation jobless. >> two months after she left school, sarah's days are following a predictable pattern. she looks in the newspapers for jobs. many offer small salaries and short term contracts, but she calls anyway. sometimes, like today, she goes to an interview. she's already been to 20 in recent weeks, so she tries not
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to get her hopes up. >> i send c.v.'s and people don't reply or tell me i don't have any experience. after so many nos, i'm losing motivation and stay at home because it's so difficult to get a job. >> the problem for young people in portugal is that there may be long term consequences, economists believe their future career prospects, earnings, even their happiness can be affected by a spell of youth unemployment. even as economies start to grow in southern europe, the consequences of this crisis could be felt for decades to come. >> she likes to keep busy, but the work has dried up. she hasn't had a regular job for almost two years. in these conditions, she says,
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it's not possible to start a family. >> i have many friends in a worse situation than me, because i don't have children. i have friends that have two children, school to pay for, health care and so on. they have to ask their parents for help. it's our parents' generation keeping us going. >> that is good news, the hostel where she had the interview offered her a job. it only pace a few hundred dollars a month, not much to live on in this city, but young europeans are desperate for a start as it becomes more and more difficult to break out of the cycle of unemployment. barney phillips, lisbon, aljazeera. >> the jobless rate stands at 14%. >> in canada, a survey finding millennials finding even in their early 30's still need financial help.
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20% still live at home. what are we seeing with all of this? >> seeing the effects of parents who want to safe us from consequence, terrible economy, and debt, living with mom at 30. >> a lot of people lack full time jobs. a lot are being supported by their parents well into their 30's. some say there's a disconnect between conditions and financial reality, the parents saying my kid just won't go out and get a job. >> there's a disconnect, it's not ambition as it is work ethic and the desire to say i want to start as a manager. you may not start there. just because you have a college degree and $150,000 in college debt, you are not guarantees a job. we see a miss alignment between expectations and the effort involved to get there. you end up not getting the job you want, move back home,
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because your parents don't want to you suffer, easier for you and then all of a sudden, you're out of the workforce. it bams hard to get back in. >> the kids say it was a depression, some say a recession. if you look at the job market, you have senior citizens working at mcdonald's. they say the jobs aren't there. >> it's regionalized. this survey was canada. in the u.s., certain markets are booming. if you have a shadow, you can get a job. other places, it's not that case. we are not having net job growth because our parents and grandparents are still working, and thank goodness, because they're paying our car insurance. >> is it a difference of opinion on what is considered to be important among two generations? a lot of people in generation y. looked at their parents, their parents worked 24 hours a day, they wanted their kids to have everything, the kids say i didn't want that, i just wanted to be happy, you're not happy, i want to be, therefore i'm going to stay with you the rest of my
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life. >> our parents who works on saturday and sunday tell us do what you love, don't settle. we listened, but the reality is this wake up call. the related is that for many of us, it's not easy, not simple. we feel stuck and here's the big deal. if by 25 or 28 you're not in a job, you can see diminished earnings for 10-15 years. what nobody is talking about is the generation is breaking in two. if you're 30 and have a job, married and a house, you can't relate to those who have four roommates or live with their mom. there's big issues for us. >> trouble saving money another key issue found, 22% of 30-33-year-olds are barely making ends meet or living paycheck to paycheck. that is not going to bode well when they get older. >> it doesn't bode well now. if you're 15 and broke or 30 and
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broke. >> are you speaking from personal experience? >> the idea is that living paycheck to paycheck or just getting by isn't new. it's how you are choosing to deal with it, lowering spending, trying to save money, doing those things or saying i'm broke but still need the five-dollar latte. this is what we're struggling with. we have been programmed to spend, we're the most advertised to generation in history. we now how to spend but not save. our parents knew how to spend, too. that's what got us in this situation. it's something we are going to have to grow out of, but it's going to be are you ever and ugly. >> student debt, it cost more and as a result, you are more in debt than ever before. how big of a problem is that? >> huge, when you're 24 years old and graduate and come out with $150,000 in debt or more, that's a huge hurdle affecting your credit, how you're willing to take risks to get jobs.
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even dating, hey, you want to date, i've got $150,000 in debt. >> thanks for being with us today, thanks. >> thank you. >> thanks for joining us here on aljazeera. i'm stephanie sy. ahead in two minutes, the latest on a number of international stories making headlines. headlines.
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